August 2017 38 8 Issue of McKnight's Long Term Care News

August 2017 38 8 Issue of McKnight's Long Term Care News

August 2017 issue of McKnight's Long-Term Care News

Where are they now?

Where are they now? Centers Health Care

In the three years since Centers Health Care in New York won honors in the McKnight's Technology Awards program for its use of NoWander, it ...

big picture

A rotten, stinking mess

Well, the great state of Illinois finally has an operating budget.


Reader poll: What non-textbook advice do you have for a new administrator?

When I teach my students, the first thing I tell them is there's a tremendous difference between academia and what you experience as an administrator ...

A 'super' approach to care

Recent regulatory and reimbursement changes led Symphony Post Acute Care Network to develop a "Super SNF" care model.

Medicaid pay threat dodged

Providers averted potentially billions of dollars in Medicaid funding losses in July after a Senate GOP healthcare reform bill was pulled from consideration.

Providers see survey gift in penalty delay

Penalties for the next phase of nursing home survey guidelines will be postponed a year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced June 30.

Citations, staff levels decline

The average number of nursing home deficiencies has dropped, but staffing levels are lower than expert recommendations, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation report.

Workers save 2 during SNF fire

Two nursing home employees were credited in July with running into "heavy smoke conditions" to rescue two residents.

Brian Jurutka previously served as NIC's president for two years.

Brian Jurutka has succeeded Robert Kramer as president and CEO of the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care.

DOL drops defense of Obama overtime rule

The Department of Labor's fight to enact an overtime rule that has caused anxiety for providers won't be continued by the new administration, according to ...

McKnight's blogs named best

McKnight's editors were honored recently with an APEX Grand Award for their "Daily Editors' Notes" blog, which appears at

Providers laud CMS decision to delay survey fines one year

Nursing home groups say they are grateful that regulators heard their concerns about new changes to survey requirements and softened the blow.

Provider's social media penalty halved

Although long-term care officials agree photos and videos of residents should not be taken or posted to social media without consent, some operators are pushing ...


In it for the long haul

More than just knee and hip replacements — rehab therapy gets renewed focus as effective treatment for people experiencing chronic, degenerative condition

When the house wins

Whether to bring laundry options in-house brings weighty considerations to many providers, ranging from financial and staffing needs to quality of outside services

60 Seconds with...

60 Seconds with Janet Feinstein, RD, LD, CNSC, Dietitians on Demand

Q: Which dietary-related parts of the new regulations for LTC should providers be most aware of?

Ask the care expert

Ask the Care Expert about ... wandering residents

Do you have any special recommendations for preparations pertaining to wanderers?

Resident care

INTERACT support has little impact on hospitalizations

Skilled nursing facilities that received support on implementing a quality improvement program showed little change in hospitalization rates compared to facilities that did not receive ...

Common drugs hike death risks by 31%

A class of medications commonly prescribed to seniors for conditions such as urinary incontinence might increase the risk of mortality among nursing home residents with ...

Ask the treatment expert

Ask the Treatment Expert about ... pressure injury protocol

Is it best practice, for consistency, to have only the wound nurse measure, stage and assess pressure injuries?

Wound care

Team-based care can deliver several benefits: investigation

An interdisciplinary team that manages wound-related supplies with the help of a pharmacist can lead to better selection and less waste, according to a study ...

Ulcer characteristics can predict healing

The features of an ulcer are more important in predicting long-term healing than a diabetic patient's other health characteristics.

Ask the nursing expert

Ask the Nursing Expert about ... switching facilities

Should I stay or should I go after finally achieving success?


Institutional procedures trail online education, study finds

As online nursing education increases in popularity, researchers are finding institutional procedures may not be keeping up.

It's official: Good help is difficult to find

High turnover rates and small selection pools make it more difficult to hire entry-level healthcare employees, according to a task force report.

Ask the payment expert

Ask the Payment Expert about ... community structure

I'm concerned with the new megarule expenses and that maybe I need to rethink my need for skilled nursing beds. What are your thoughts?

Payment & policy

CMS wants outpatient knee replacements to be covered

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has asked for coverage of knee replacement surgeries in outpatient facilities as part of a proposal concerning hospital ...

PPS comments are sought

Federal regulators have agreed to gather more comments from providers and others on the revision of new skilled nursing prospective payment system case-mix methodology.

Ask the legal expert

Ask the Legal Expert about ... background checks

We do background checks on new employees. But now there's word we'll be getting sued because a relatively new nurse aide allegedly improperly touched certain ...

Legal Matters

Malpractice award cap bill will help LTC, group claims

House lawmakers approved legislation in late June that would place limits on awards for medical malpractice cases — a move that would benefit long-term care, ...

No new OT salary target with suit pending

Federal officials' fight to enact a rule that would have made 4.2 million more workers eligible for overtime compensation won't be carried on by the ...


Hitting the 'suite' spot

Heritage of Fort Wayne is a community that offers plenty of amenities for residents who want to age in place in a 'casual upscale' setting.

How to do it…

How to do it... Partial security upgrades

As tempting as they are, full-blown replacements of personal emergency response and nurse call systems are often not feasible.

A day in the life

An artistic endeavor

Lizzie Rocco showed little interest in activities after moving to Luther Woods Nursing and Rehabilitation in 2016, save for one thing: adult coloring books.


New tech seeks to calm SNF residents having dementia

Caring for individuals with dementia often involves managing residents' disruptive and sometimes dangerous behaviors, including screaming, hitting or kicking.


New normal to grasp

Get your life back! Do what you love again! Say goodbye to pain, and hello to a vibrant, ache-free existence!

Company news

Kindred confirms Ventas deal, will fully leave SNF biz

Kindred Healthcare Inc. confirmed in July its previously announced plan to exit the skilled nursing facility industry.

Mid-Atlantic sells 8 SNFs

Timonium, MD-based Mid-Atlantic Health Care LLC has sold a portfolio of eight Pennsylvania nursing facilities.

Vendor news

MatrixCare buys Sigmacare in EHR consolidation move

MatrixCare has bought SigmaCare, reflecting further consolidation in the post-acute electronic health records market.

Regs in a Flash releases new mobile app

While skilled nursing providers have always wanted an easy way to look up regulations, the need spiked following the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' ...

Editor’s desk

Pragmatism: Surveyors put away their big sticks

One of the biggest stories of the summer easily has been the news that full enforcement of nursing homes' new survey system will be postponed ...


Profile: Linda Krueger

When Linda Krueger starts to tear up, it's not when talking about how proud she is of her son or her military service, or the ...